noob builder

i have an idea of something i’d like to try build, in order to do so i need a programmable pre-loaded spring with a compression sensor so i can tell what load the spring is under. i’m thinking a small motor with a sprint on top that can be tightened or loosened depending on baring. being a programmer i have very little knowledge of where to start on the electronic side, can anyone give me any pointers/ reading material? should i be looking into raspberry pi’s or something similar?

many thanks

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